The situation related to Hurricane Harvey in our US Family Health Plan Texas and Louisiana service areas continues to evolve, and we remain mindful of the needs of our members.
A brief update of the status of CHRISTUS facilities in Southeast Texas and Louisiana is below:
Southwestern Louisiana Update
The remediation trailer, which arrives with an array of tools and resources to clean up and address damage or leaks, has arrived in Lake Charles.
Southeast Texas Update
- Our health care ministry in CHRISTUS Southeast Texas continues to work hard to serve the community during this difficult storm. However, due to further deterioration of weather conditions in the area, the following changes were announced today:
- All patients whose elective procedures and cases for CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth and St. Mary Hospitals, including the St. Elizabeth outpatient pavilion, have been affected will be contacted and rescheduled as appropriate.
Elective procedures and surgeries are planned to continue at Jasper Memorial Hospital.
- The CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth outpatient pavilion is planned to reopen on Thurs., Aug. 31 for normal business hours.
- CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Outpatient Center Mid County Emergency Services and supporting services to the Emergency Department will remain open. All other services are planned to reopen on Thurs., Aug. 31 for normal business hours.
- CHRISTUS Orthopedic Specialty Center/Beaumont Bone & Joint has been restored to full city power, but due to the deterioration in the weather, they have canceled clinic, surgeries and rehab throughout the week. They will assess capabilities as conditions dictate.
- At a time when several emergency centers throughout the region have closed, all four CHRISTUS facility Emergency departments and life-saving Trauma Services will remain open 24/7 and available for the community.
- A discharge lounge is being set up at St. Elizabeth Hospital to accommodate patients who may be fully discharged but cannot get to a safe location. Essential staff will be required to be available for Emergency, Trauma and existing patients housed in our facilities, to ensure the safety and care they may need throughout the storm. Essential staff who believe they cannot get back to the facility will be housed in the facility. All non-essential CHRISTUS SETX staff were to be released at 1 p.m. today.
Our facilities and clinics will work feverishly to resume business as usual operations as soon as it is reasonably safe.
All CHRISTUS Health plan operations have been open without disruption from the storm.